One Thing That Stands in the Way of Overcoming Social Anxiety

There is no magic pill.

Katy Morin

2 months ago|5 min read

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The one thing that stands in the way of overcoming social anxiety is you. There is no magic pill, no quick fix, and no surefire way to get rid of your fears. This article will discuss various tactics that can be used to overcome your social anxieties so you can live a little more freely.

In order for these strategies to work, though, you must understand what causes your anxiety in the first place by doing some self-reflection and understanding yourself better — this is key to striking at the root cause and letting go of those debilitating feelings. These methods will also not work if they are not done authentically and from a genuine place within yourself; without this foundation, it’s meaningless information.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, can be applied to varying anxiety-related issues such as social anxiety. CBT helps you to change your negative thought patterns (i.e., self-talk) and teaches you how to correct them through a system of journaling or other means. It seeks to empower you by teaching you skills to think more positively and communicate with people in positive ways; unlike many other methods that “take away” the problem instead of helping you learn techniques that will help with your emotions.
CBT will give you tools that you can use not just to beat social anxiety , but to live with a better sense of self and the way you think.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a very effective tool in helping people with social anxieties because it focuses on changing your negative self-talk into positive self-talk, which directly affects the way that you feel on the inside. Making a conscious effort to focus on the positive aspects of yourself and any given situation can help you to beat your anxiety.

Journaling

This is an important part of cognitive behavioral therapy because it helps you to create insight into your own behavior and feelings. You should have an idea of why you have social anxieties, what they are based on, and how they affect you in your life — all these things will help you get rid of them more easily.
Writing down your thoughts in a journal will help you to come to terms with what is causing you to have social anxieties and how they affect your life, which is essential in order to overcome them. However, journaling is also important for its potential therapeutic effects. After writing about your feelings, you are able to see things from a more reasonable perspective; it organizes your thoughts and helps you to think logically instead of emotionally. It’s important not to get caught up in angsty confessions about how bad things are; rather, focus on the positive aspects of what it feels like for you so that you can work towards getting rid of your social anxieties as soon as possible.

Yoga

This is a very specific method of stress relief, which can help you to relax and reduce any feelings of anxiety that are nagging at you. Yoga helps to slow your breathing, release tension in your muscles, calm the mind, and like cognitive behavioral therapy , it allows you to focus on what’s going right with your life instead of what’s wrong so that you can be in a positive state of mind when talking to people. The type of yoga that works best for social anxiety depends on how much or how little you want to practice. If this is something new for you and the idea scares you off, start by practicing just a few simple poses at first until it becomes easier to do. If you have social anxiety, it is worth learning.

Exercises

There are many variations of exercises available to you that will help you to practice and maintain social skills in a comfortable and relaxed manner. These can be as simple as smiling or making small talk with someone you know in public to practicing eating an entire meal without appearing anxious. There are tons of great tutorials online to help you learn how to do any of these things, but again, the most important thing here is not to get scared off by them — they are just tools that can help you in your journey.

Emotional Freedom Technique

EFT, or Emotional Freedom Technique, is also an effective method for overcoming social anxiety. These exercises will help you to control and reduce your feelings of anxiety. They can be done in the comfort of your own home, outside of any situation that would cause you to feel anxious. These are great methods to help you with both the short-term and long-term effects of dealing with social anxieties.

Meditation

This is an effective method of relaxation and stress relief, but it must be practiced regularly in order to help with your social anxiety. It’s not something that you should use when you’re feeling stressed out, but rather something that should be used as part of your daily routine after a long day of work or school.

These are just a few methods that can help you change how you feel about the world around you and other people, making the world a much more enjoyable place for yourself. They are not magic cures for your problems, but there is some evidence that they can reduce social anxiety in some people.

Neurolinguistic programming

Neurolinguistic programming (NLP) is a mind-body self-improvement technique that focuses on learning to change the way you understand and talk about yourself, your relationships, and the world around you. It can be used to help you with both how you think about yourself and how you relate to others in a positive manner. It also teaches you various techniques for improving your interactions with people when they are both positive and negative.

NLP can be used in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy and other methods for fighting social anxiety and preventing anxiety attacks, but it can also stand on its own and help you to keep your social anxieties at bay as much as possible. NLP teaches you how to feel more comfortable with yourself, which is essential in overcoming any sort of social phobia.
It will teach you how to speak about yourself in the most positive light possible so that you are able to see yourself as someone who is confident and capable of achieving anything. I personally use NLP and CBT in my coaching sessions to help my clients with social anxiety.

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a form of treatment that can be used to help you relax and diminish any feelings of social anxiety that may be hindering you. It has been shown to prove effective in alleviating stress, pain, fears, and phobias as well as tackling negative thoughts about yourself and others.

Hypnotherapy teaches people how to alter their unconscious minds so that they no longer carry around memories of trauma or life events from their past. The mind is a powerful thing; if it is not contained, it can cause all sorts of negative responses in the present.

Social anxiety is a problem that can affect many people, but luckily it doesn’t have to. There are many ways in which you can combat your social anxieties and some of these methods may work better for you than others. It’s up to you to determine what techniques will work best for your particular case of social anxiety and make sure that you practice them regularly so they continue to help you. Remember the more time you put into practice, the more time you will have to enjoy yourself when it comes time for a party or other event with friends.

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Katy Morin

I'm a social anxiety coach and hypnotherapist. I provide the antidote to social anxiety suffers by empowering them to use their social skills in social situations safely.

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